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Mike Hall

I’m a former West Virginia newspaper reporter, staff writer for the United Mine Workers Journal and managing editor of the Seafarers Log. I came to the AFL- CIO in 1989 and have written for several federation publications, focusing on legislation and politics, especially grassroots mobilization and workplace safety. When my collar was still blue, I carried union cards from the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, American Flint Glass Workers and Teamsters for jobs in a chemical plant, a mining equipment manufacturing plant and a warehouse. I’ve also worked as roadie for a small-time country-rock band, sold my blood plasma and played an occasional game of poker to help pay the rent. You may have seen me at one of several hundred Grateful Dead shows. I was the one with longhair and the tie-dye. Still have the shirts, lost the hair.

K-E Double L! O Double Greed

When the Kellogg Co. locked out some 220 workers from its Memphis, Tenn., plant in October, it was another step in Kellogg’s corporate battle plan to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs in the United States and elsewhere with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.

Today the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union stepped up its campaign to shed light on Kellogg’s Greed.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Is Korea FTA Job Loss, Deficit Growth a Harbinger of TPP?

The U.S.–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS–FTA) turns 2 years old Saturday and imports from Korea continue to flood into the United States, costing workers their jobs. Exports to Korea have failed to live up to the promises made when the agreement passed Congress, says United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal on UI

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal on UI

Senate negotiators announced this evening that they have reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to revive the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits that expired at the end of 2013. Since then more than 2 million long-term jobless workers have lost their benefits.

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AFL-CIO Backs Move for Shorter Non-Violent Drug Offender Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder today endorsed a plan that would reduce sentences for non-violent drug offenses and address the issue of mass incarceration.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called Holder’s endorsement of a proposal by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, “a thoughtful and progressive decision.” 

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Who Are the Top 10 Overtime Pay Violators?

Who Are the Top 10 Overtime Pay Violators?

President Obama made it official today, telling the Department of Labor to begin to update overtime eligibility rules to restore overtime protection that salaried workers have lost to inflation since 1975. See our story from yesterday and read the White House fact sheet. While the Department of Labor will update overtime eligibility standards for inflation so law-abiding businesses will know who qualifies for overtime protection, many employers across the country are breaking the law and cheating their workers out of overtime pay.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Obama Seeks to Restore Overtime Pay for Millions of Workers Denied Under Bush-Era Rules

Pete Souza. The Official White House Photostream/Wikimedia

In 2004, President George W. Bush, at the urging of business groups, used his executive powers to change overtime eligibility rules and allow businesses to deny overtime for millions of workers. Tomorrow, President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will direct the Labor Department to update overtime eligibility rules to restore overtime protection that workers have lost to inflation since 1975. 

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Tell Maker of the North Face, Timberland to Sign Bangladeshi Fire and Safety Pact

Tell Maker of the North Face, Timberland to Sign Bangladeshi Fire and Safety Pact

Following the tragic building collapse that killed more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers last April and fires in 2012 that claimed the lives of more than 400 clothing workers, Bangladeshi workers began building a global movement to make sure it will never happen again.

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